Tuesday, April 08, 2008

D.C. schools still behind on special-education rulings

WASHINGTON (AP) — D.C. officials say the city's public school system will be unable to comply with terms of a federal court order to improve services to special needs students by June.
In the 2006 consent decree, the school system agreed to reduce by 65 percent a huge backlog of decisions from hearing officers regarding the timely placement of students in special education programs.
But a data analyst appointed to monitor the city's efforts told a federal judge Monday that the system is implementing only 29 percent of the decisions and won't meet the goal by June.
Judge Paul Friedman expressed frustration, saying reform efforts must move quickly.

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